In August 2006, Fred Brown, columnist and retired Capitol bureau chief of the ‘Denver Post’ was the co-chairman of the ‘Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee.’ Supposedly, Brown was instrumental in shaping the group’s “Code of Ethics” which has become the industry standard.
I say ‘supposedly,’ because I have not researched this statement — and I don’t intend to.
“What you describe is clearly an unethical practice,” said Brown about my personal blog, which was hammered by a University of Nevada, Reno journalism panel because I wrote about many of the subjects I reported on while working at the Sparks Tribune.
Their main concern was the fact that I published on my personal blog, a Republican candidate’s letter of complaint sent to the paper’s editor and publisher, saying I was being unfair to him because his Democratic opponent was always quoted in my stories on their race. I took the GOP candidate to task over his inability to return my calls by the deadline set by the paper.
Somehow, all that got skipped as the trashing literally continued to make headlines around the world, including the UK, Germany and Denmark. Enough about that – what I really want to point-out is how selective the national media has become.
Case in point, on one hand our national media is pounding Uganda because it has outlawed homosexuality, making it a crime punishable by life in prison. However, the same media decidedly ignored comments made by a Russian soap opera star who says ‘homosexuals should be burnt alive in ovens (sound like the holocaust to me,) nor do they report how homosexuals are treated in Muslim countries, where they may executed via stoning, hanging, or beheading, based on sexual-preferences.
And as this continues, the same media refuses to report on how the ‘Coalition of African-American Pastors’ are calling for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The preachers say Holder has violated his oath of office by trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda.”
You certainly don’t see Brown and his ilk or a UNR panel condemning the national media for its ‘double-standard,’ when it comes to telling the entire news story – and you never will.